Broadcast News Archive for December, 2003
09/12/2003 Germany's Premiere adopt Macrovision
Macrovision are to provide Premiere Fernsehen GmbH & Co. (Premiere), Germany's primary pay-TV operator, with video copy protection on all their pay-per-view movie channels. Premiere's pay-per-view o

09/12/2003 Mandatory levy on UK film production proposed
A wide ranging consultation on the future of the Skills Investment Fund (SIF) levy on UK film production is being undertaken on behalf of the industry by Skillset, with a view to making payments manda

09/12/2003 New RTE system allows instant global transmission
RTÉ's Chief News Correspondent, Charlie Bird, who is currently reporting on the arrival of Irish troops in Liberia, has used state of the art technology to get the story back to Ireland. With the ava

09/12/2003 nNovia deliver enhanced QuickCapture A2D DVR
nNovia the Silicon Valley manufacturer of professional digital video recorders (DVRs) and other complimentary DV products, have announced that QuickCapture A2D, which was announced earlier this year,

09/12/2003 Ofcom appoint Consumer Panel Chairman
Ofcom have announced the appointment of Colette Bowe as the Chairman of their independent Consumer Panel, the body set up under the Communications Act 2003 to advise Ofcom on the consumer interest in

09/12/2003 RPS large format film recording service
Film recording specialist RPS have launched their brand new system for large format (65mm) film recording, working in collaboration with Gulliver Laboratory in Paris, large format postproduction super

09/12/2003 Scopus complete Latvian digital cable TV trial
Scopus Network Technologies, a leading supplier of digital compression technology to the broadcasting industry, have successfully completed a trial for the transmission of digital cable television in

09/12/2003 Shooting to begin on UK co-production 'Fateless'
The Academy Award nominated cinematographer Lajos Koltai is to make his feature film directorial debut with 'Fateless', adapted for the screen by the Nobel Prize winning Hungarian novelist Imre Kertes

08/12/2003 BBC Prime break new ground in Germany
BBC Prime, the international British entertainment channel, have secured a groundbreaking deal that widens the channel's German digital distribution. Effective immediately, BBC Prime, is available o

08/12/2003 Bectu warn of opposition to BBC Technology privatisation as talks begin
Bectu have warned the BBC that there will be stiff opposition to the sale of the corporation's technology subsidiary. According to the BBC the sell-off, announced at the end of November, is intended

08/12/2003 Discreet deliver strong growth in HDTV sales
Discreet have announced that unit sales for high-definition television (HDTV) postproduction systems for the fiscal third quarter ended October 31 2003 were 162% higher than the comparable period of t

08/12/2003 Framestore CFC create VFX and mastergrade for 'Love Actually'
'Love Actually', the new romantic comedy from Richard Curtis, has been digitally mastergraded by Framestore CFC, who also provided the film's digital FX and implemented the titles. Love Actually pro

08/12/2003 Fujitsu chooses Sonic MyDVD and PrimeTime
Both Sonic MyDVD 5 and Sonic PrimeTime are now shipping in Japan as integrated components of Fujitsu Limited’s FMV-DESKPOWER C90EW/C Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition PC. The combination of S

08/12/2003 FX supply kit for 'The Return of The King'
The final instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, 'The Return of the King', to be released in the UK on December 17, features a dramatic soundtrack to accompany all the tension and drama the film

08/12/2003 Inscriber and ECHOlab partner to provide Inca CG on ECHOlab switchers
Inscriber and ECHOlab are partnering to integrate Inscriber’s Inca CG into the ECHOlab 5000 series of switchers. Inca CG is one of Inscriber’s new Inca Series of professional broadcast graphics solut

08/12/2003 Irish film and television companies receive EU finance
Irish film and television companies have received development finance from the EU Media Programme. Five companies, Element Films, Independent Pictures, Mint Productions, Wildfire Films, and Red Pepp

08/12/2003 On-Air Systems announce worldwide shipping of new digital disk recorder
On-Air Systems, leading developer of broadcast automation solutions, have announced that the On-Air VDR will begin shipping from February 1 2004. On-Air VDR, a new digital video disk recorder, provi

08/12/2003 StageTools Releases MovingPicture v5.0
StageTools have released version 5.0 of MovingPicture, their popular image pan and zoom software for nonlinear editors. Version 5.0 of MovingPicture adds a number of user-requested productivity enhan

05/12/2003 Algolith launch new plug-ins for Adobe's After Effects 6.0
Algolith, a new and leading provider of digital image processing plug-ins for the film, postproduction, and video industries, have announced the availability of their Algolith Plug-ins for Adobe's com

05/12/2003 AP International announce senior technology appointment
AP International, the newly named division of the Associated Press charged with expanding AP business outside of the United States, have appointed Nick Evansky as Director of Services & Technology.

05/12/2003 British Academy Television Awards call for 2004 entries
Entry forms are now available for the British Academy Television Awards. Entries for the production categories can be entered directly by producers, whether broadcasters or independent companies, at

05/12/2003 da Vinci's Nucleas DI Suite chosen for 'Thunderstruck' post
Da Vinci Systems' new Nucleas digital intermediate (DI) product suite, in conjunction with Snell & Wilcox's MetaShare engine, was used by Digital Pictures Sydney to complete DI post-production tasks o

05/12/2003 DTS widen worldwide network of dealers/distributors
Digital Theater Systems (DTS) have expanded their worldwide professional audio dealer network to include seven new dealers/distributors. These additions also broaden the network to include two new r

05/12/2003 Film Council and bfi welcome Parliamentary assessment
The bfi and the Film Council have welcomed the publication of a report (Film Council: Improving access to, and education about, the moving image through the British Film Institute) by the all-party Ho

05/12/2003 NAB 2004 attendees to choose most outstanding products
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) are to host their second annual NAB Award for Innovation in Media (AIM) program during NAB 2004. The AIMs reflect NAB attendees' choices for groundbrea